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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-22-2007, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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My new drive shaft!

Well I went to the local driveline guy which was thirty miles away and told him I wanted a driveline with some good travel. I showed him some pics from Tom Woods sight. He said, he didn't have anything with that kind of travel and he paused and said give me a minute. He started drawing on some paper and came up with something for me to try. He said he had wanted to try this once but never had anything, or reason to build one. So one day later this is what I picked up.
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It has seven inches of down travel and about five on compression because of the spring inside the lower slip joint that keeps it centered.
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Looks interesting, so there's springs that keep the middle piece centered? otherwise wouldn't the middle part never stay centered?
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That is correct. I drove it down the road and had no vibration. Other than lifting it with the forklift, Im not sure how it will work offroad. I have a front caliper that decided to lock up on me so I can't do much with it until tomorrow.
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If nothing else, it's at least different . Wonder how the grease weight will affect it at highway speeds??
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After a few miles, and some dirt on the splines - do you think that centering spring will keep it centered all the time?
What happens if one side sticks - even just once - and won't slide - does the other side fall out?

A good driveshaft shop can make you a single slip shaft up to about 10 feet long if you want. Maybe even more.

Soon I'll need one with about 30" of slip for another "project"- the local DS shop quoted me about $250 for the complete shaft, joints and all.
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